Award Finalists

Congratulations to all our finalists!

Find out a bit more about them below.

Australian College of Midwives Early Career Nurse or Midwife Leader

Emma Watson

Emma started her career in healthcare as a Registered Nurse in 2017. She started in Oncology before moving into emergency nursing, where she was first introduced to birth. Emma quickly developed a passion for maternity care and in 2020 graduated as a Registered Midwife. She is now working as a graduate midwife within the Midwifery Group Practice Team. Emma continues to learn and grow from her profession, and looks forward to continuing to provide women centred and compassionate care to families.

Morgan Whitney

Morgan is currently working at the Royal Hobart Hospital as a Graduate Midwife and loving it. Midwifery is challenging and rewarding. The Midwives have been welcoming and supportive, always assisting with inquiries and reassuring her practice, giving constructive feedback. Morgan was birthed in Nambour, Queensland and grew up among the subtropical forests of the hinterland and the glistening beaches of the Sunshine Coast, Morgan pays her respects and sends her thanks to the Gubbi Gubbi / Kabi Kabi people of past, present a future for the growth she had on their land. She moved to Lutruwita / Tasmania for the opportunity of her lifetime – to realise her dreams of becoming a midwife and nurse. Morgan pays her respects to the Palawa / Pukuna people past and present and her thanks for all the good times to come while she resides in Lutruwita / Tasmania. After Morgan completes her Midwifery Graduate placement she will transition to the Emergency Department to commence her Nursing Graduate placement. Morgan is determined to work effectively and study regularly to evolve her skills and knowledge, and better her practice to achieve her career goals to be a Clinical Midwife and Clinical Nurse, and to hold a Midwifery PhD, through a rewarding and prosperous life of woman centred care.

Individual Nurse or Midwife Excellence in Practice

Claire Alcorn

After completing a Bachelor of Public Health and Nursing in Brisbane, Claire worked in the Torres Strait Islands. In 2014, she moved to Tasmania to live with her partner, Nick. Claire is passionate about Remote Area Nursing and has worked fly in fly out to the Northern Territory. When in Tasmania, the Emergency Department is her stomping ground. In March 2020, Claire took the opportunity to work for Public Health. Starting as a COVID-19 contact tracer and eventually becoming a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre, Claire loved the challenge of working in a busy pandemic response environment.

Georgina Johnston

Georgina graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing at The University of Tasmania in 2009, has since completed a Master of Clinical Nursing & Teaching and is currently completing post graduate study in Health Service Management. Georgina completed her graduate year at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) in 2010 and moved to Melbourne in 2012. Working at The Alfred Hospital in Victoria, she was lucky enough to progress through a variety of nursing roles and most recently work as the Trauma and Orthopaedic Nurse Manager. In 2020, Georgina relocated back to Tasmania where she has been working as the Emergency Department Nurse Manager. This opportunity has allowed her to grow personally and professionally and she has enjoyed establishing herself as a leader at RHH and being able to continue to support the team to provide outstanding patient centred care.

Rohan McGill

Rohan has worked as a Registered Nurse since 2000, completing his Bachelor of Nursing of Tasmania.
Following graduation, Rohan moved to the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, completing a Graduate Program in 2001. Shortly after he commenced a specialised mental health program, completing his Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health at Monash University.
Rohan has worked in many different mental health settings in both Victoria and Tasmania and worked as a lecturer at the University of Tasmania.
He has also completed post graduate university qualifications in Pharmacology at the University of South Australia and was a Diabetes Educator at Deakin University in 2016.
Rohan’s current role is Clinical Nurse Consultant. The position of Clinical Nurse Consultant works across all Adult Community Mental Health Services.
Rohan is undertaking a combined case management role within the Glenorchy and Northern Districts Adult Community Mental Health Service, whilst overseeing professional supervision and support, education and training and recruitment matters for the community mental health nurse workforce.
He works collaboratively with consumers, their families and carers, as well at the multidisciplinary team within Adult Community Mental Health Service.

The University of Tasmania Emerging Nurse or Midwife Leader

Hannah Mackay

In December 2020, Hannah commenced as the NUM in the operating theatre at NWRH. Hannah began her nursing career as a graduate nurse in 2010 and in 2016 wishing to pursue a career education and perioperative nursing, she completed a Master of Nursing Science at Latrobe University.
The NUM role was never on Hannah’s “career radar”. However, thanks to the craziness of a pandemic and a hospital closure her priorities and goals changed. Positive workplace culture is something Hannah is passionate about and believes it’s key to driving innovation, staff retention and outstanding patient care. Hannah aims to provide a workplace that is not only supportive and encouraging but fun and exciting.

Miena Arnol

Miena is the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) of the Community Rapid Response Service (ComRRS) [South] and Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) Hospital in the Home (HITH) services.
Throughout her career, Miena has gained broad experience and has worked in a wide range of acute and primary health settings, including clinical care, consultancy and liaison, and service and project management. Miena is passionate about delivering person-centred, high acuity care in the community and was integral in developing and implementing the ComRRS [South] and RHH HITH services.
Miena is working towards her Masters of Nursing and has completed post-graduate studies in emergency and gerontological nursing.

Nicole Howard

Nicole has been a nurse for 12 years and has always worked in mental health settings. She is currently employed as Team Leader for the Glenorchy and Northern Districts Adult Community Mental Health Service. Nicole is passionate about mental health nursing, and really enjoys the opportunity to lead and help others grow. Mental health is an exciting and growing area of healthcare to work in, and Nicole looks forward to watching the area continue to grow in coming years as the Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program continues. A current area of focus for Nicole is nursing supervision and she is working on a project to make this readily accessible for nurses in the Mental Health setting.

Outstanding Achievement in Leadership

Becky French

RN, RM, FNE, Grad Cert Forensic Nursing, Grad Cert Clinical Redesign, MM

Becky is extremely fortunate to have the privilege of working within a service that ensures women and families have the best possible foundation by providing safe and supportive care throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond. Throughout the years, Becky has worked within health both interstate and overseas, and for the last 12 years she has been the manager of the maternity services at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Becky is passionate about improving service delivery and health outcomes for women, their families and the wider community through the application of process redesign and has actively been involved in many changes to maternity services and women’s health outpatient models during this time. One of her primary considerations is on supporting the current and future midwifery workforce and ensuring opportunities and career development for individuals, teams and more broadly the midwifery profession.

Emma Bavage

Emma is the only Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Tasmania, working at the Royal Hobart Hospital. She qualified as a Rheumatology NP in 2017 and soon after was endorsed as a NP with AHPRA. She enjoys working as a member of the rheumatology multidisciplinary team consisting of rheumatologists, trainees, junior doctors and allied health care professionals. She runs her own clinics after implementing the NP rheumatology model of care and sees patients across all facets of rheumatological diseases from inflammatory arthritis to scleroderma, gout, and osteoporosis. She is passionate about increasing patient outcomes, hospital avoidance and increasing health care professional’s knowledge and management of rheumatological diseases.

Emma has been invited to present at many state, national and international medical and nursing conferences. She supports local and national patient support organisations such as Arthritis Australia and Scleroderma Australia providing patient education and advisory in the hope of increasing patient outcomes.

Jane Springall

Jane has been a registered nurse since 1993 and has had many wonderful nursing and midwifery career highlights. She is grateful for the interesting and rewarding opportunities she has been able to embrace.
Being the Duty Manager of the PHEOC and then the nurse manager of the immunisation team and TVEOC COVID-19 vaccine program is an especially bright career highlight. Jane has loved working with such special and dynamic teams.
Her life and career motto is to learn something new every day.

Kate Turner

Kate values working collaboratively with others to improve and protect the health of our community. For the past 17 years, Kate worked as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Tasmanian Department of Health, Public Health Services. Her previous experience includes acute hospital care, remote area nursing, community nursing, research, refugee health and field work with Medicines Sans Frontieres. Kate now has a new role in Quality and Safety.
Her recent achievements include working together with the Burnet Institute and local partners to establish projects in Tasmania to increase testing, treatment and cure of people living with Hepatitis C. Throughout 2020, Kate helped lead the Operations team (responsible for case investigations and contact tracing) in the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

HESTA Team Excellence in Practice

Community Rapid Response (CommRR) North

The Community Rapid Response Service (ComRRS) North program began as a proof of concept, GP referred hospital avoidance program in the Launceston region in 2016. The success of the service within this region led to the rollout of the program in the South and the North-West of the state. There are several contributing factors to the success of the program but one comment that has been repeated many times by GP’s is the confidence that they have in referring patients to ComRRS – North. The team consists of committed, experienced nurses from diverse clinical backgrounds. This diversity provides the team with a broad scope of clinical experience. Amongst the team there is real commitment to providing patient centred care and a sense of value and pride in providing higher acuity care with the aim of hospital avoidance. There is a culture of support and positivity and each member is committed to maintaining this and working together as a team.

Jack Jumper Clinic

The Jack Jumper Allergy Program at the Royal Hobart Hospital is a high achieving multidisciplinary team, recognised as International leaders in insect venom allergy research. On average approximately 300 patients in varying stages of venom immunotherapy treatment attend the clinic. Jack Jumper Clinic nurses provide care to around 70 patients each week.
Rarely can allergic or immunological disorders be cured, and suffering anaphylaxis is a life changing event requiring monitoring, review, education, and support. This nursing team are instrumental in providing support and ongoing education to patients and their families to improve their quality of life. The nursing team interacts closely with patients from first contact with the Clinic. They develop individual anaphylaxis management plans with each patient and tailor education to meet the needs of both the patient and their family. The nursing team are also available to patients outside of scheduled appointments to provide reassurance and support as they navigate life with a life-threatening insect allergy.
The care, commitment and respect the team have for their patients; and the respect and warmth patients and families have for the team was evident at the recent 20th Anniversary of the Program. While they might be a small nursing team, their commitment and passion greatly impacts the lives of their patients.


The Mersey Community Hospital (MCH) COVID ward team consisted of nursing volunteers from Close Observation Unit, Emergency Department and medical ward.
The team was created in extraordinary circumstances as a result of the closure of the North West Regional Hospital in April 2020, leading to the transfer of COVID positive patients to the MCH.
The group was established at very short notice and became a close and effective team through this shared experience where they focused on providing compassionate care and keeping everyone safe.
These nurses showed high levels of empathy and dedication, going above and beyond to provide excellent nursing care. At a time when ‘the right thing’ changed so frequently and with such short notice, it was particularly challenging, but they met the challenges with professionalism and a ‘can do’ attitude.
The team excelled in providing a service to the community that was the ultimate in patient centred care, caring for a vulnerable population and their families in a significant time in Tasmanian health care history.


The TVEOC has been in operation since December 2020 and was established to coordinate and govern the COVID-19 vaccination roll out in Tasmania. The TVEOC clinic team consists of nurses, doctors, and paramedics, who work closely with the commonwealth and are strongly supported by the public health immunisation team.
The team developed the structure, processes, policies, and resources needed to roll out a Statewide vaccination program. Seven days a week, the team continue to support hundreds of nurses in vaccination clinics, with logistical problem solving, vaccine management, clinical education and updates. The nurses are very well supported by
Dr Shannon Melody and Dr Nicky Beamish and paramedic Tom Rockliff.
The nursing regional leads are Melissa Chifley (NW), Tanya Panitzki (N) and Nikki Lane (S and acting manager). Clinical Nurse Consultants are Melissa Monk, Imogen Willis, Hannah Foster and Karina Skegg; we have also welcomed Sean Horton, Naomi Stubbs, Sneha Roy and Maddie Grace into the team.